Google has always had a love-hate relationship with Adobe and attempted to limit Flash’s grasp on the internet by requiring users to individually enable Chrome’s built in flash plugin on websites back in 2016. Now just two years later, the upcoming Google Chrome 69 update is set to further weaken Adobe Flash and also bring Material Design to all desktop users (via ArsTechnia.)
Specifically, come September 4, Chrome 69 will no longer save site settings for the Adobe Flash plugin. That is, once you enable Adobe Flash for a website, the browser won’t remember that setting, and will instead always prompt you to re-enable every time you restart.
This might prove to be somewhat annoying for some users, but it’s just part of the upcoming cold, hard, truth. Indeed, Adobe will actually stop developing the Flash plugin in 2020, as many websites (including YouTube) don’t use it anymore in favor of HTML5 instead. Adobe had also previously announced that it would also disable Flash by default in Edge in 2019, requiring users to manually re-enable it every time they visit a website.
Google’s Chrome might be jumping ahead of Microsoft in killing off Flash, but Google Chrome 69 will also pick up the new material design. The new Chrome 69 design efforts will change the shape of the new tab bar, and address bar UI, while also bringing more deep integration with Windows 10 features like the Action Center and touchpad gestures.